March 20, 2014
Olivia is a 5 year old black pug I found at the shelter when she was 7 months old. Serendipity indeed! I'd never heard of black pugs and I'd wanted a pug my whole life. I took my 3 year old niece to the shelter one day to show her how important it is to rescue pets instead of buying them at the pet store. Olivia grabbed our attention right away. Big dogs filled the large kennels all in a row except for one that seemed empty until I looked down and saw this tiny black puppy, all eyes, front and center, peering out forlornly between the bars of a cage that overwhelmed her little size. I wasn't looking to adopt that day but said I was so we could see and play with her up close. Two days later she became a permanent, and important part of my life. I know how lucky I am. She is everything to me.
Liv loves to lick a lot resulting in the nickname Licky Loo. She knows that I'm ticklish on certain spots like my neck and that licking them will send me into giggles. I don't like being licked of course, but I believe she is trying to get my attention and relate to me in her own way so I put up with it. A funny thing she did was this: Once my elderly father was sitting in a chair, and Liv was sitting quietly in the chair next to him. My dad likes dogs, but he is not really a natural dog person. He doesn't understand how they think or why they do what they do. Anyway, he had a hot cup of tea in his hands, and we were focused on talking. Suddenly confusion stunned us as Liv appeared in his lap out of thin air. He amazingly didn't spill his tea, and he handled it well because he was so shocked. He even seemed a bit amused though he was mostly just taken aback. He's usually a grouch. Poor Liv. She just loves everyone whether they love her back or not.
I'm Liz. My pug is Olivia (or Woo, or Licky Loo). We would love to meet others who value their pug/human relationship as much as we do. She likes cats and dogs, but is an only, lonely pet. I want to enrich her life with more social opportunities.